I hope Mike Ashley is keeping careful watch.

Sunderland are imploding and if Rafa Benitez had not stayed on last summer, this would have been Newcastle United’s fate.

The Mackems look a complete shambles, the whole club seems to be heading for disaster.

They got beat 2-1 at home by promoted Sheffield United earlier today and it was the 94th minute before they had a shot on target.

Their fans were fighting with each (in the Family Enclosure!!) and the ground was half empty.

Sunderland are looking well capable of making a double drop, after six games they have only won one match and are one point above the relegation zone.

The only manager they could land was somebody who has only found success in League One and were turned down by somebody from the Scottish pub league in the summer!

When it comes to Mike Ashley though, I think he honestly hasn’t got a clue how lucky he has been when managing to relegate Newcastle twice.

In eight Premier League seasons under Ashley’s regime, the fans have seen two relegations and a few near misses.

The two seasons in the Championship though, both saw very comfortable promotion campaigns with NUFC going up as champions each time.

The Sports Direct tat supremo honestly thinks he has got it sorted…if Newcastle get relegated then he thinks it is easy to get straight back up.

Rafa Benitez delivered the Championship title AND a £40m transfer profit, yet Mike Ashley treats him like a mug and is clearly trying to drive him out of the club, so he can employ another yes man idiot.

It was the same with Chris Hughton, Ashley sold anybody he had an offer for in summer 2009 and didn’t give the then caretaker manager a penny to spend in that summer transfer market.

Only for Hughton to show what an excellent manager he was, taking United up as champions on 102 points. However, Chris Hughton, just like Rafa, showed he would be anything but a yes man and so on promotion, rather than backing his manager who had done a brilliant job, instead decided to only give him a few million to spend on players and try to get him out at the first opportunity.

A heavy defeat at West Brom was used as justification despite Newcastle sitting safely in mid-table and having beaten Sunderland 5-1 and Arsenal 1-0 at the Emirates only weeks earlier. Ashley making the tragic decision to bring in a desperate Alan Pardew, sacked from then third tier Southampton and willing to take the job on any terms.

Mike Ashley would love Rafa Benitez to walk out of the club tomorrow, collect compensation from Rafa/his new club and then employ another joker on peanuts and no say on any important matters, such as which players should go in and out of the club.

Surely the worst decision for any businessman would be to not value their most talented staff, that is Mike Ashley though. He thinks he can run Newcastle United using puppets like Lee Charnley and behind the scenes people like Justin Barnes from his inner circle, with the actual manager of the team incidental to any kind of relative success/respectability.

It would have been a disaster if Ashley had forced Rafa Benitez out this summer and an even bigger one if Newcastle’s owner still doesn’t value the Spaniard, after seeing what is happening down in Sunderland.

Not saying Newcastle are going to be relegated this season but obviously Mike Ashley has made it a strong possibility when refusing to back his manager properly in the transfer market.

Whatever happens, the most important thing is that Rafa Benitez is still NUFC manager in 12 months time and beyond.

Surely even Mike Ashley can see that now…

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  • Clarko

    “Sunderland are imploding and if Rafa Benitez had not stayed on last summer, this would have been Newcastle United’s fate”, and you know that how Dean?

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      It`s a logical assumption Mr Spock
      😂😂😂

    • Neil

      Oh come on Clarko. What drugs are you on? It’s as plain as night follows day that Ashley doesn’t support Rafa. Without Rafa we would be TARFU. You wouldn’t be supporting Ashley if we were doing a Sunderland.

      • Clarko

        €63.75m (£53.30m)

        • Guest 2

          €100.85m went out though. Muppet.

          • Clarko

            €72.85m, the Sissoko fee was staggered. Muppet.

          • Guest 2

            Selective in how you use Transfermarkt I see. No surprise. Muppet.
            Buy for cash – sell in installments. Pathetic.

          • Clarko

            The correct number is €72.85m, you were being selective by opting to choose the higher, incorrect number to support your (now invalid) argument. Muppet.

    • Geordiegiants

      Go on Clarko, you know the score, they don’t know what you know, they haven’t seen have they?

  • KRS1

    Rafa is a world class manager who we are lucky to have. Ashley is a world class chancer.

    • East Durham Mag

      Could think of better words for him and his fans.

      • KRS1

        My first choice of word did begin with a C but didn’t get through the sensors!

        • Geordiegiants

          Remove the H, and that is what he is to our club.

  • KRS1

    If Ashley gets his way and he forces Rafa out I bet our next manager will make Grayson look like Mourinho.

  • Leazes Ender

    If Ashley had any intention of staying in the premiership he wouldn’t have positioned the club at sixteenth in the squad value table….. he’s going for the hat-trick.

    The table is already taking shape.

  • Steve Pearce

    Even the fat stinking bag of southern pus is not so stupid to force Wor Rafa out. Because that would put an end to a packed SJP and home matches would only be attended by away fans. I really think that would happen as there are people, myself included who will never forget the disgusting way Chris Hughton was summarily ejected from our club. To see in my opinion the best manager in our history treated in the same manner would indeed result in our fans voting with their feet, which would never walk through those hallowed gates again!

    • grantham mag

      Yes he is, the fat bar steward will screw us in to the floor, while he rapes and pillages our great club.

      • Jezza

        Agreed. Fatso has been trying to force Rafa out since last December.

  • Zin

    Strangely I take no pleasure from seeing what is happening down the road at Sunderland. With this fat chump in charge it is entirely possible for that to happen to us

    • Jezza

      Agreed. We will be in exactly the same position this time next year.

  • MadToonFan&VitalAshleyDroveOut

    Yep, I believe this also! Rafa is simply the glue that’s holding this club together (admittedly from a somewhat blinkered point of view). Leazes, I agree wholeheartedly with your quote, especially the source of which said info is obtained. Yet again, in Rafa; I believe & simply trust, as like Mr Ranieri, Rafa is also able to get that extra belief from his players. So yes, Transfer Markt and it’s exceptional data speaks volumes, but when working with such an influencing character, that can obtain much more from even the average player, like blood from a stone, Rafa will get his players to perform above 16th, dear freaking gowd, I really hope so, please 🐑. Heeh, how fickle are fans 🐩

    • Oooh bobbi fleckman

      Short has been the opposite of Mike Ashley. He’s blown in the wind of fan opinion and he’s lost a fortune doing it.

  • Steve Smith

    To be honest I don’t think we will ever be as dire as that shower of sh**e.

    • Danimal

      This is the first time in a while we’ve been better than them. And even then we had to get relegated first to provide the opportunity for them to finally to the same.

  • Mrkgw

    Oust the noxious regime – Ashley and Charnley out!

    • Oooh bobbi fleckman

      Come up with a plan and some money. Talk is cheap

  • KRS1

    Poll of the day:
    Is Clarko:
    a: Mike Ashley’s love child
    b: an employee at Sports Direct
    c: someone with a fetish for fat southerners

    • Clarko

      D: the only sane person on this site.
      E: The owner of europes biggest warhammer collection.
      F: A legend.

      Answers.
      D, E and F.

      • Jimblag23

        G: an obnoxious twerp.

        Literally no one is impressed with your warhammer collection.

        • Clarko

          My friends at the annual convention would disagree with that last statement.
          Idiot.
          Just because my passion is different to yours doesn’t make it not cool.
          Moron.

          • Jimblag23

            Ok 🤦‍♂️

          • Clarko

            Great comeback.
            Looks like I win.
            In your face, idiotic moron.

          • Jimblag23

            Most morons are idiotic.

          • Clarko

            Bring me the stats that outline how your hobby is cooler than mine and maybe then I’ll engage in debate with you, until then…SHHHH

          • Jimblag23

            100% of people I surveyed thought you are a goon.

          • Clarko

            Idiot.

        • Jezza

          I don’t even know what Warhammer is but his collection obviously fills a girlfriend shaped hole in his life.

          • Clarko

            The way you dismiss my passion is the height of vile arrogance.
            By the way, Warhammer is a tabletop fantasy battle game.

            A woman in my life would just get in the way and probably make me turn the games room into a dining room, so that insult didn’t land.
            Better luck next time.

          • Jezza

            I rest my case.

      • Oooh bobbi fleckman

        There are more than one sane person, it’s just we’re in the minority.

        • Geordiegiants

          I’ve just been singing even your praises compared to this fool. I think he has stole your mantle as the biggest ……… on here.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            Your singing is out of tune😋

            If he says something I don’t agree with, I’ll pick him up on it, as I do you and others. If agree, I tend to say nowt.

    • Jezza

      D. Fleckman’s alternative posting ID.

      • Geordiegiants

        Jezza, I’m sorry but even the great Fleckas is not as silly as Clarko.

        • Clarko

          Idiot.

  • Without Rafa today will be tough against the Swans.
    I still believe we have the team we need to avoid relegation even as it is, but not much more.
    We might still sell/loan a few more players in January and get 1-2 bodies in to be even more competitive.

  • ghostrider

    First of all Ashley has backed Rafa. What he hasn’t done is hand Rafa some of his personal fortune to aid in topping up a club kitty.

    Rafa has a squad capable enough of fighting it out with the best of the rest of the team outside of the elite sugar daddy run clubs and the big clubs operating on borrowed fortunes.

    As for doing a Sunderland. It’s through the clubs ability to not go gung ho in the transfer market for overpriced players and once thought of superstars demanding silly wages, that enables us to keep fighting another day at the top end of the football league chain.

    Of course this clubs made some monumental mistakes, before Ashley and during Ashley’s tenure.
    We will continue to make them, as all clubs will.
    It’s how you bounce back from them, is the key to staying afloat.
    We are on another chapter in the premier league under Rafa.
    Where that takes us is anybody’s guess but whatever guess it is, it is only every going to be that, until a reality comes to the fore.

    The issue is, this is when the old ” I told you so” rears its head.
    If it goes badly it’s back to the old classic of ” he’s trying to destroy our club and trying to destroy Rafa’s credentials” and blah blah blah.

    If it goes a lot better than most people ever believed, it’s because Rafa is a genius and he’s done it in spite of Ashley and co.

    That’s basically how it all works.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      “Has backed Rafa”
      What a Load of Bollix !

      • Mrkgw

        Exactly, as looking in from the outside Ashley has hung Rafa out to dry. It’s disgusting.

        • Clarko

          Fake news.
          Ash backed his man.

      • ghostrider

        Tell me how he hasn’t backed Rafa?

        • Desree

          Best ask Rafa that question.

          • ghostrider

            Why? Don’t you know the real answer to it?

          • Jezza

            We all know the answer, you included. You are just trying to stir things because you want the attention.

          • ghostrider

            So you do not have an answer.
            Anyone posting on here is after attention, otherwise, why post?
            So how about answering the question or at least admit that you can’t.

          • Jezza

            I’ll answer your question even though everybody already knows the answer. Fatso did not give Rafa anything like suffucient transfer funds to adequately strengthen the playing squad to survive in the Premiership.

    • Oooh bobbi fleckman

      Exactly

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        Take a hike Blobbi you know sweet FA about the game of football

        • Oooh bobbi fleckman

          Ha, says the kid who’s not been to a game since the good times 15 yes ago.

  • Oooh bobbi fleckman

    Whilst relegation was a disaster, we did not have a bad squad on silly wages, we went down because we had a terrible opening fixture list and McLaren had lost the players as soon as the tippy tappy football stopped working.

    Sunderland have been a disaster because they threw money at mediocre aging players with bigger names than their ability. Their owner has also lost interest so bankrolling Sunderland with successive managers and aging ‘good’ pros has left him a lot poorer and no longer prepared / able to bankroll a promotion.

    We went back up because we had a young enough squad with something to prove and Ashley was prepared to lend the club money. We had consistency from the manager and that helped.

    • Mrkgw

      Disturbingly, Merson is minded that the gulf in Premiership class will tell in today’s game vs Swansea (with the Swans coming out in top). Yes, he spouts drivel from time to time, but how have things stooped this low? One answer – Mike Ashley as far as I’m concerned. We should never ever, have been relegated. Once was bad enough but twice was just heinous. Ashley out for me.

      • Oooh bobbi fleckman

        We used to get relegated all the time, in fact the only thing stopping us from relegation was not being promoted.

        The first relegation was useful, it cleared out the rubbish. This time was a disaster.

        You can type Ashley out as much as you like but you need to buy him out or fans need to get together and come up with funds to get representation.

        The Mag was launched in the basis that we were all going to buy shares in the club and take responsibility for its success or failure. For a while, the Mag & fans spoke like a late 80’s Thatcherite vision….except when it came down to it, most fans were just hot air and didn’t bother sending in the cheque.

        • Mrkgw

          NUST was designed to do likewise but instead, was a wasted opportunity. I do believe that if the right consortium headed by the likes of Shearer were to set the ball rolling then we may just be onto a winner. The current regime have destroyed the club – of that there can be no doubt. 52,000 per home game – how many others can boast likewise? And we get relegated, twice! It’s just not good enough and only one man is ultimately culpable. Ashley. Ten miserable years of imposed recession at the club, its high time it ended.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            I recently wrote to nust asking for their plans, explained I’d like to put some money in but it had to be a proper business case, not a ‘not for profit’ pipe dream. I’ve yet to have a response.

            Can I suggest you contact them with your thoughts, I’d like a change, I’m prepared to risk my own cash in doing so but I see no mileage in just shouting off on Twitter and forums.

          • Mrkgw

            Have to say that this could well be in the supporters hands and buying into the club may just be the answer. As you rightly suggest £5,000 each would not only give a share of the club but also, raise one hell of a sum.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            I’ll respond a bit later with my full proposal.

          • Geordiegiants

            Bobbi it’s about time you posted something worth reading.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            I’ll submit it to Mark as an article, well see how independent the voice is.

          • Geordiegiants

            Well let’s hope it’s good. I hope it’s not a Jabba love in letter. We want him out, not to be his friend.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            It may cover both bases

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            £5,000 each matchgoer, that buys 50pc of the club and throws new money into the club to match Mike’s position. It also gives a reserve to avoid funny business.

            We don’t have to oust him, just share the responsibility with him.